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W.S. Merwin papers (Merwin 1)


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Title: W.S. Merwin papers (Merwin 1)Add to your cart.

ID: 01/01/MSS00035

Primary Creator: Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley) (1927-)

Extent: 31.5 Cubic Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Pulitzer Prize winning poet, translator, and environmental activist; the archive consists of books, notes, manuscripts, correspondence, ideas for poems, published and unpublished works, translations of other author's works, critical writings by Merwin, and select writings about Merwin. The Merwin archive presents the opportunity to study the poet's work, for research into the overall development of American poetry in this century, and an increased understanding of the poetic process. The library holds five major collections of Merwin manuscripts: Merwin-1, Merwin-2, Merwin-3, Merwin-4, Merwin-5.

Biographical Note

W. S. Merwin is one of America's most distinguished writers, praised for his poetry, his prose, and his translation of foreign literary works into English.

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

This collection is the physical property of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, may reside with the materials' creator(s) or their heirs.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's reproduction and publication policies are available here. The library welcomes requests for reproductions made from works in our collections, though restrictions may apply to certain materials. Please contact the library with any questions.

Acquisition Method: The first installment of material (Merwin-1) was acquired by the Library in 1984; subsequent installments were acquired in 1988, 1990 and 1993.

Related Materials: The Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds several additional collections of W.S. Merwin material.

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
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Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box-Folder 8: 08 1107-1144Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 09: 09 1145-1163Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 10: 10 1164-1208Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 11: 11 1209-1258Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 12: 12 1259-1283Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 13: 13 1284-1304Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 14: 14 1305-1328Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 15: 15 1329-1356Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 16: 16 1357 - 17 1443Add to your cart.
Box-Folder 17: 17 1444 - 19 File 06Add to your cart.

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